Both in reality and fiction the small Sicilian town of Corleone, 37 miles from Palermo, has gained notoriety over the years as a Mafia stronghold. Most people have heard about the town of Corleone, thanks to Mario Puzo’s book The Godfather and Francis Ford Coppola’s classic Godfather trilogy. Some of the most notorious real-life mafia bosses, inclu...

The rumors are true. Al Pacino will star in an HBO biopic about the Penn State scandal, senior vice president of corporate communications Jeff Cusson confirmed to USA TODAY. The actor will play longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. Under the direction of Barry Levinson, the movie is set to chronicle Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse scandal....

The Godfather is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential films in Hollywood history. At an epic night at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday, director Francis Ford Coppola and members of his cast – including Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire and James Caan, with Robert De Niro, who appeared in the 1974 sequel – g...

A new play, Dinner with the Boys by Dan Lauria, most famous for playing the role of father Jack Arnold in "The Wonder Years" will make its Off-Broadway debut on April 1.Directed by Frank Megna, the has scheduled its opening night for May 4 at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row, New York.   Laurie (Lombardi) will also star in the play, join...

Happy birthday, Al Pacino! The titan of American cinema, who's also a father of three, turns 75 on Saturday, April 25. Over the past five decades, Pacino has brought to life some of Hollywood's most memorable characters: Michael Corleone in "The Godfather," Frank Serpico in "Serpico," Big Boy Caprice in "Dick Tracy," Ricky Roma in "Glengarry G...

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1709:00 am Honoring an Italian Maestro of Cinematic ArtDoc Once Up a Time... Sergio Leone dir Giovanni Minoli (60') 10:15 am Eni - Culture by Energy -The Mattei Affair dir Francesco Rosi (116')Restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L'Immagine Ritrovata in association with The Film Foundation, Paramount Pictures, and Museo Nazionale de...

On Friday, Oct. 3, who should walk into Il Terrazzo Carmine, the classic Italian restaurant in Pioneer Square? It was one of American cinema's greatest actors Al Pacino, in town to visit family. Pacino was dressed in black, with his hair standing straight up. He arrived in a party of seven, choosing Carmine's because he wanted great Italian food an...

by George Dickie   Popular movie lore has it that director Francis Ford Coppola and/or Paramount originally wanted James Caan for Michael Corleone, the role that would become a career-making turn for Al Pacino, in the 1972 mob classic "The Godfather."   But the now-73-year-old Caan, who begins a four-episode arc on Starz's "Magic City...

Big names this year at the Los Angeles Italia, the festival that celebrates films, fashion and art made in Italy. The event gathered Italian and American icons such as directors Quentin Tarantino, David O. Russel and Michele Placido, musician Zucchero Fornaciari, actors Christoph Waltz, Giuliano Gemma and Franco Nero, producers Harvey Weinstein and...

It’s generally agreed that the most popular Italian-American in Hollywood were from the seventies and the eighties. That’s because they were often first generation from immigrant parents and the link to their roots still very well regarded in their life.   Younger generations often have it in the name but sometime they have lost touch with m...